Social Care

  • Greater certainty is needed on social care reform

    26 November 2020

    The Spending Review was a missed chance to provide adequate funding and a firm basis for the reforms the Government has committed to bring forward, says Dr Eleanor Roy.


  • Ofsted warns of unseen child abuse

    26 November 2020

    Opportunities to protect children at risk of harm are being missed due to the pandemic, Ofsted has warned.


  • SPENDING REVIEW: Live to fight another year

    25 November 2020

    Local government has probably got just about enough from the chancellor to keep the show on the road, says Jonathan Werran. 'And possibly extend the road for the sake of kicking the familiar battered can that is social care funding down it...' 


  • Spending Review: NHS receives £3bn funding boost

    25 November 2020

    The chancellor has announced £18bn will be spent on preventative coronavirus measures next year, including vaccines, testing and personal protective equipment.


  • How to cut debt and fund our social care

    17 November 2020

    A flat-rate health and social care levy to raise £17bn was a centrepiece of a new study last week. Michael Burton looks at the figures and reports from a webinar on the public finances with ex-chancellor Philip Hammond.


  • Birmingham loses a political giant

    12 November 2020

    Brigid Jones pays tribute to Theresa Stewart – the only woman to have led Britain’s largest local authority – and says her ‘legacy lives on in the women councillors she encouraged and inspired’.


  • Report proposes sweeping tax increases

    11 November 2020

    A new health and social care tax raising £17bn should be the centrepiece of sweeping tax increases to raise £40bn a year, according to a new report from think-tank the Resolution Foundation.


  • Intelligence, tested

    11 November 2020

    Peter Baeck says an enhanced understanding of how to make the most of collective intelligence will ensure public institutions are better placed to respond to the pandemic – and prepare for any others that follow.


  • The power of local knowledge

    10 November 2020

    A report show the impressive record of collaboration between Leeds City Council and the University of Leeds and untapped potential for research partnerships, says Neil Evans.


  • Healthy life expectancy target well off track, report finds

    10 November 2020

    The Government is in danger of a lost decade with its target of increasing healthy life expectancy by five years by 2035 well off track, according to a report from right-of-centre think-tank Policy Exchange.


  • We have proved that councils are the place for social care - ADASS

    06 November 2020

    The ‘joining up’ work done by local government during the pandemic has made it clear to Government and Whitehall that social care ‘needs a home’ in councils, says the president of ADASS.


  • Care home occupancy down over Grim Reaper fears

    05 November 2020

    People are reluctant to put their relatives into care homes because they think the ‘Grim Reaper is waiting at the gate,’ a senior councillor has warned.


  • Council leaders welcome £7bn care investment call

    22 October 2020

    Local government leaders have welcomed a call from MPs for a £7bn annual increase in social care funding as a first step towards fixing the ongoing crisis.


  • Advocacy services remain crucial despite COVID pressures

    21 October 2020

    Councils must ensure social care providers understand that the legal obligations to refer to advocacy services remain fully in place during COVID, says Jonathan Senker.


  • Digitising the front door to care

    12 October 2020

    A new 'white paper' report by consultancy Agilisys outlines how technology can help lead the rethink of the care sector. Author Steve Morgan talks to Michael Burton of The MJ about some of the solutions.


  • Using technology to help in the second wave

    08 October 2020

    The pandemic has opened people’s eyes to the possibilities of technology in social care and this winter the benefits are going to be more important than ever, says Mark Kennion.


  • Get local government into the room – before decisions are made

    30 September 2020

    Local government is far from perfect, says Heather Jameson. 'And that is before you consider the huge headache of how to fund councils in future. But local government is also the solution'.


  • Call for multi-year funding

    29 September 2020

    Ministers have been urged to commit to multi-year settlements for local government by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).


  • Starmer vows to tackle the 'decade of drift' on sorting social care

    22 September 2020

    Government failure to protect care homes during the pandemic is a ‘national scandal’, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told his party’s virtual conference today.


  • Government prepares care homes for coronavirus surge

    18 September 2020

    Councils will be asked to ‘take strong action’ against care homes that ignore new restrictions on movement as part of the Government’s winter plan for the sector.